Through the Aboriginal Scholarship for Post-Secondary Education – Beyond First Year program, for the second year in a row, Bruce Power offered 10 scholarships of $2,000 each to local Indigenous students. Interested students had one month to submit their applications – a 500 word essay on what program they are taking and how it will benefit their future goals. The selection committee was comprised of five Bruce Power employees from a variety of different departments and levels. The applications were reviewed with system generated reference numbers to remove any name, location or other biases and all personal information was removed. The committee indicated there were many good applications – and that all applicants should be commended.
To celebrate their achievement, James Scongack, VP of Corporate Affairs and members of the Band Councils presented the awards personally in the recipients’ home communities. In Neyaashiinigmiing, Chief Greg Nadjiwon welcomed everyone and spoke directly to the two students that were in attendance encouraging them to set goals, give it their best and press on when times are tough. “As First Nations we are finding more and more of our community members continuing on in all streams of career choices and our community can be proud of the many students who will take positions of leadership in the very near future”, said Nadjiwon.
At the Saugeen ceremony, James spoke with each of the three recipients who were able to attend and heard about their fields of study. Chief Anoquot and a number of his Councillors attended to congratulate the students and encourage them to continue to work hard. At both locations, James let the students know of Bruce Power’s Development Student opportunities and encouraged them to apply when they see the postings.